Am I normal?

Why is everyone laughing at me?

Am I normal?

Recently, I was having a hard time at school. Other girls kept saying cruel things to me, just because I look different. I’m almost 14 years old - but they say I look like a 10-year old!

They even laughed at me for having no breasts or pimples. Their behavior made me question myself.

Am I normal? Why am I the only one who is different?

The bullying got so bad that I didn’t want to go to school anymore.

One day I pretended to be sick. I stayed home and spent the whole day reading Springster stories online.

It was on the site I finally learnt about this thing called puberty. According to Springster, it is a process when a young body physically matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction. At this stage, a girl’s body becomes curvier. Her hip bones widen. She might start to experience her period. Different people go through puberty at different ages. On average girls experience puberty between ages 10 - 14 but this isn’t always the case, some girls experience it earlier or later.

I was so relieved to find out that I am a completely normal human being.

Learning all these, taught me to be content with my body. It made me realise growing up is a journey and everyone’s journey is different.

Now, I love my body as it is and talk positively about it.

All thanks to the new information, I had the courage to go to school the next day.

As usual, they started teasing me. But this time around I stood up for myself and told them confidently, “Just because, I haven’t started my period, grown boobs or gained weight or height doesn’t mean I’m abnormal. I love my body and I’m happy to let it change naturally at its own time.”

After I stood up for myself they stopped teasing me. They also discovered that I knew a lot about puberty. They wanted to know where I got all my knowledge and I told them, “From Springster!”

If you are just like me, I’d like to say please do not compare yourself to other people. Celebrate and appreciate your body no matter how it looks.

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